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Russ Recycles Clip Tutorial
Created by: Amy Mickelson
Postage stamp charm
The canceled postage stamp was scanned and reduced to fit the square picture-frame charm.
Seal front and back of the image with a waterproof barrier before applying the Magic-Glos™ resin. Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, laminating film or a coating of liquid polymer clay. Do not use a water-soluble sealer like decoupage fluid or Mod Podge®.
Burnish around the the edges to make sure the image is sealed completely.
Use a small amount of Bead Fix™ to glue the image into picture-frame charm and let it dry.
Place the charm on a small piece of heavy cardboard. This cardboard acts as a tray making it easy to place the item under the UV light.
Pour the UV resin onto the sealed image, starting in the center and working to the outside. The resin will flow to edges of the charm.
Cure under a UV light for 10-20 minutes.
The UV resin will cure under direct sunlight, but you can't always count on a sunny day.
Recycle symbol etched charm
Using hole punch pliers, punch a hole near the edge of the round metal disk and clean the surface with Penny Brite®.
Place the inked rubber stamp on flat surface, ink side up. Press the round metal disk onto the inked image and remove.
If you do not like the design placement or it smudges, use rubbing alcohol or StazOn® Cleaner to remove the image. It may take a few stamping attempts to achieve success.
Etch the stamped piece following the directions in the etching kit. Additional information can be found on the Rings & Things metal etching blog post.
Patina and sand the high points with the Vintaj® Metal Reliefing Block.
Assemble the clip
Make wrapped loop dangles with various trade beads.
For extra security, connect the components with split rings or double jump rings.